Long Way Down, a Tumultuous Journey to Joy

EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk is LIVE at Berlinale Film Festival and attended the screening for 'Long Way Down'. Vivian says, "The film 'A Long Way Down' shows comedy in its most elegant way and in its most unexpected corners. What a masterpiece film has been made based on the book from Nick Hornby and with the direction from brilliant creator Pascal Chaumeil.

"The film is funny from beginning to end and it's dark humor comes at the same time with wise life lessons to learn....The cast (Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill, Tuppence Middleton and Joe Cole) shows such a strong team that its intense chemistry is reflected in every act in the film.

"A Long Way Down shows that comedy can be the literature lifeline in a film and that it can elevate itself to mastering humor in the most depressed places in life and shine a new light on things."

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At the press conference, director Pascal Chaumeil said he felt a "strong connection with the story" and each character, to the point that he would be laughing, or weeping, during the scenes as they shot. Imogen Poots said, "The novel was written in diary form, and Jack seamlessly adapted it into the present day. That was quite an extraordinary thing." Chaumeil also appreciated the tremendous back story available in Nick Hornby's bestselling novel, from which the actors could draw.

Pierce Brosnan made a beautiful point responding to the question, regarding his character's bravery in re-making himself as the film went on, what made the actor, himself, brave. Mr. Brosnan said, "You have to be tough as old boots to be an actor, to carry on, to stay at the table, and to celebrate the work. It's my life, it's what I do."

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"You have to be tough as old boots to be an actor, to carry on, to stay at the table, and to celebrate the work. It's my life, it's what I do." ~Pierce Brosnan

Long Way Down Synopsis

To jump or not to jump – that is the question: four suicidal people meet on the roof of a London high rise on New Year’s Eve. Four different generations, four different backgrounds and four different reasons for ending it all. There’s Martin Sharp, an over-the-hill talk show host and ex-womanizer with an alcohol addiction; Maureen, a housewife on the verge of collapse after years of taking care of her severely disabled son; failed rock musician JJ; and, youngest of them all, lovesick but rebellious Jess. During the course of a tumultuous night, they each tell the story of their lives and woes and finally make a pact not to kill themselves before Valentine’s Day. This means another six weeks during which they all have somehow to stay alive.

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"...all these amazing people came on board; and it's been one of the best ever, I have to say." ~ Toni Colette

Director Pascal Chaumeil’s screen adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel "A Long Way Down" captures his protagonists’ loneliness and desperation by portraying the unpredictable dynamics of an alliance of necessity. The film’s tragic and comic aspects derive from the originality of its characters as, along with them, we discover some unexpected answers to the big and small questions posed by life.

DIRECTOR

Pascal Chaumeil

CAST

Pierce Brosnan
Toni Collette
Imogen Poots
Aaron Paul
Rosamund Pike
Sam Neill
Tuppence Middleton
Joe Cole

Source: Berlinale

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